Came across this Deering for sale and was wondering if anyone recognizes the model? The seller claims its an "Eagle," but it doesn't look like the Eagle II models I've seen. Was there an "Eagle I" predecessor with dot inlays and the gold headstock or is this actually a Sierra or other model? Any thoughts on the quality/tone/value of these?
Ask the seller to take off the resonator and take a picture of the label that will be inside. I'm pretty sure that labels on old Deerings like this included the model. The serial number will tell you month and year of production and the total number of that model produced.
Thanks for the advice! I sent Deering an email, but couldn't talk the seller into taking the resonator off for some internal photos. She did mention that it was purchased sometime in the 1980s, which makes me think this is probably a Deering Standard. I'm still not sure if there was an original "Eagle" in their lineup... If there was, I'm not sure how it would be different than the Standard. Either way it seems like essentially a Pre-06 Sierra with a rosewood fingerboard.
Serial number will tell you when it was made. Deering probably can't tell any more than this from the photos you've shared.
Not a Deluxe.
If you're interested in it, try to get it for as much under $1000 as you can.
However, my quick search of the Hangout classifieds and eBay showed very few used Sierras advertised for nationwide sale. Could be all the low-priced quality banjos were snapped up by people looking for something to do during the pandemic.